Plot: What’s it about?
The world is headed down a dark path, as wars rage all over the globe, governments are in shambles, and of course, George W. Bush is still in office. In order to help the military remain a step ahead of the rest of the world, Dr. Crushfield (Brad Milne) has come up with a remarkable virus, one which re-animates the dead. This can be used to bring dead soldiers back to life, send them back into the field, and go after the other side one last time. While the concept seems solid, things go haywire when one of the test subjects escapes from the compound. The soldier manages to make it to a strip club, but soon dies, only to return and attack the club’s head starlet, Kat (Jenna Jameson). On the plus side, business is booming with a zombie stripper on stage, but when other dancers follow suit, will the situation soon be out of hand?
Zombie Strippers…the title says it all. As expected, this one has ample zombies who happen to also be strippers, which means the bloodshed is rampant. This is a mixture of gore based horror and slapstick comedy, with some heavy handed political jabs tossed in and blended with some half hearted attempts to actually deliver scares. The result is inconsistent at best, but when it just tries to let the gore flow and make us laugh, Zombie Strippers works well. But the political and social satire angles fall flat, with overused topics and references. As far as genuine scares, few can be found here, but as I said, some elements do work. In the end, Zombie Strippers isn’t the wild, fun ride I had hoped, but it does have its moments. So if you’re a genre fan, check it out and just keep your expectations realistic.
Video: How does it look?
Zombie Strippers is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a solid high definition transfer, but it doesn’t bowl over the viewers. The image offers a nice improvement over the DVD, but looks soft when lined up against Blu-ray treatments, which isn’t great news. The visuals seem to have a lot more noise than I expected, the kind of look that stems from DNR overuse, but I can’t blame that for sure. On the plus side, colors are bold and vibrant, though contrast slips a little here and there. So not a great new release transfer, but a solid one.
Audio: How does it sound?
A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option has been included, but you would never know this was a lossless soundtrack. I kept waiting for the audio to straighten up and deliver, but it never happened. The surround presence is anemic, with much of what should be in the rears placed in the front channels for some reason. This results in an overcrowded, thin audio presentation. A little more attention to the basics could have yielded a more solid effort, but this seems slapdash at best. Even dialogue seems off here, easily one of the worst lossless soundtracks I’ve heard. This disc also includes French, Spanish, and Portuguese language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Indonesian, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Jay Lee provides his director’s comments, joined by three of the film’s stars. This is a solid session with a lot of anecdotes and you can tell this was a fun production for all involved. Not much in terms of technical data, but a laid back and fun to listen to track, no doubt. This disc also includes a brief featurette, over half an hour of deleted scenes, and a trivia track.